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By Leslie Fiedler

Leslie Fiedler's radical reviews and theories have replaced the best way we predict approximately American literature and pa tradition, demanding common faculties and ushering in a style of first-person, experience-based feedback. Praised and revered as "one of an important figures within the background of yank cultural inspiration during this century," Fiedler brought groundbreaking rules that now permeate collage experiences in literature: a homoerotic point in American machismo, interracial dependence because the classical American bond, these at the social margins being "secret selves," and the continuum of "high" and "low" culture.

Designed to thrill Fiedler's modern viewers and introduce the writer to an entire new new release of readers, a brand new Fiedler Reader is an enthralling anthology of Fiedler's so much infamous and celebrated essays, in addition to a variety of his attractive poems and brief fiction.

A literary icon, Fiedler is between those that instructed legalization of marijuana within the overdue '60s; recommended that faculty scholars learn Timothy Leary in addition to Milton; and used to be accused of corrupting the younger with harmful leftist rules. amassed are Fiedler's most generally identified articles, from "Come again to the Raft Ag'in, Huck Honey!" to "An nearly Imaginary Interview: Hemingway in Ketchum." Complementing those essays are numerous lesser recognized poems and brief tales, supplying the reader with the whole Fiedler event.

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T h e revised Rosenbergs were no longer spies, but "political prisoners" in the European sense, victims of the class struggle and the Cold War, defenders of the peace, a perse*The Rosenbergs of the second case possess a certain kind of immortality; that is, they will continue to live in the official history and art of the Communist Movement, until, for one reason or another, their particular segment of history is forgotten or refalsified. But not yet! In 1954, the hit of the season on the Warsaw stage was a play called Ethel and Julius.

Surely it is not even a paradox to assert that it is our special duty to treat as persons, as real human beings, those who most blasphemously deny their own humanity. R o m a n Holiday It is difficult really to believe in Passover in Rome. By the time I h a d set out with my two older sons in search of matzos a n d a community Seder, Holy Week was at hand, and the streets were full of tourists: the Germans (back in force this year) carefully avoiding every eye and speaking only to each other; the seedy herds of Austrians following their guides from crowded bus to crowded bus; the Americans resting between churches at chic sidewalk cafes.

AFTERTHOUGHTS ON THE ROSENBERGS 51 palled at thp> cynjcisrri nf many nf trie exploiters of " m e r c y " with their own record of political executions without appeal, without trials — and after the most ignominious of self-degradations — that he is tempted to discount the whole movement. Even where the Communists played only a secondary role, there was evident in the shrillness of the cries of horror (rising from countries where only a little while before the lynching of political enemies was considered an act of virtue) a desire.

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